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2023: Sensitise Anambra residents to cease political assaults, Okonkwo beckons media


The Chairman, United Nigeria Airline, Professor Obiora Okonkwo, Thursday, enjoined the media to sensitise residents on the necessity to cease attacking political opponents or opposing political opinions.

Okonkwo gave the recommendation as a Visitor Lecturer on the 2022 symposium organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), underneath the theme, ‘The Function of Media in Guaranteeing the Sanctity of the Electoral Course of in Nigeria.’

“Don’t assault anybody. You don’t have proper to pressure anybody to help your candidates. You don’t insult or assault anybody that’s opposing your political opinions. You possibly can persuade them to vote in your candidates. All of us have equal rights to help any political celebration or candidate.

“It is a new phenomenon that the media ought to assist us to coach folks on. We have to educate our folks to grasp that politics of feelings or sentiments gained’t assist us on this area. Let it’s one of many resolutions that folks ought to attain right here at present,” he acknowledged

He additionally dismissed the allegations that Ohanaeze Ndigbo apex sociocultural organisation endorsed the Presidential candidate of Labour Occasion (LP), Mr Peter Obi, including that it should observe a due course of even when it occurred, because it was within the 12 months 2019.

“Ohanaeze endorsed Atiku on 2019 in a gathering at Enugu. That assembly was effectively attended and broadly reported by numerous media homes. However for now, they haven’t completed that. So everybody has a selection and ought to be allowed to decide on who to help. However even when they determine to do endorse somebody tomorrow, minority can nonetheless specific themselves. However majority will nonetheless have their method,” Okonkwo mentioned.

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On the subject, Okonkwo mentioned, “The media play a key function within the success or in any other case of the political class, together with the federal government. As media professionals, you’ve an unlimited alternative and duty to assist sanitize our electoral course of in addition to change the present trajectory of governance in Nigeria.”

Different audio system on the occasion, together with governor Chukwuma Soludo, represented by the Commissioner for Data, Mr Paul Nwosu; and the Chairman of the event, Professor Chinyere Okunna, represented by Professor Chinwe Uzochukwu of the Nnamdi Azikiwe College, Awka.

They charged journalists to at all times preserve decorum and uphold ethics of the occupation of their reportage.